We invite you to read more about each member by clicking on individual profile picture.
Michael Ogdon is the newest member of the Chordsmen, joining in November of 2017, and he brings a tenor/baritone voice along with his formal music experience. Mike received his B.A. from Biola, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from San Jose State, and he is the former director of an all-women chorus, the Sweet Adolines!
Dale Ellis began playing the piano as a three-year old, and not much later he was playing and touring with some of gospel’s greatest groups, including the Claiborns, the Blackwoods, and the Weatherfords. Dale was a regular at the National Quartet Conventions when they were held in Memphis. He joined the Chordsmen in October of 2014.
Mark Oller has been singing solos and with choirs and ensembles since high school. He studied musical theory and voice while in college, and he has continued vocal training in the years since. He dabbles on the guitar and the piano. He joined the Chordsmen in April of 2010.
Kearey Lyn’s first words were sung, rather than spoken! She has been a huge reason for the success of the the Friday Night Gospel events, and she looks to Sandi Patty and Karen Carpenter among her musical influences. She started out as a vocal performance major in college with emphasis on show tunes and opera. She is a Power of Gospel favorite with her silky-smooth, Julie Andrews-style soprano voice.
Dalisay “Dee” Johnson started playing the fiddle at age six and has since won more than 60 fiddle awards, 20 of them 1st-place, and five California State fiddle championships. As a teen, she took part in competition orchestra in Europe, and she has played with the likes of Buck Owens. With the Chordsmen since November 2010, she continues to give private fiddle instruction, plays for many local bands including the Sons of the San Joaquin, and she has a beautiful, soulful alto voice.
(Past Team Member) A Musician Extraordinaire
A musician extraordinaire, Arland Finney plays guitar, keyboards, strings, bass, drums — and on most of those he was self-taught. He owns and operates RhythmWave Music, a full-service music and recording studio where he gives lessons, repairs and restores instruments, and engineers and produces for a host of local musicians. He joined the Chordsmen in July 2015.
(Past Team Member) Vocalist
Jerry Pearson is among the most experienced gospel singers in the country, having performed with many legendary gospel groups, including the likes of the Weatherfords and the Songfellows. His rich and smooth bass voice has soothed lovers of gospel music for many years on such gospel standards as Have a Little Talk with Jesus, Antioch Church Choir, and Teach Me, Lord, to Wait.
(Past Team Member) Vocalist
Even before becoming a baseball star at Fresno State, Dan Pollard sang tenor for the legendary Gospelairesin the 1960’s and 70’s, and he joined the Chordsmen in September of 2013. His mellow voice has been inspiring listeners for years on classic favorites like I Bowed on My Knees, Midnight Cry, Then I Met the Master, and His Eye is on the Sparrow.The Chordsmen were very blessed to have Dan as a regular member through October of 2017, when he retired from the quartet— but as we like to say, “once you’re a Chordsmen, you’re always a Chordsmen!”